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A 31-year-old female asked:

Which proton-pump inhibitor is best? nexium, (esomeprazole) prilosec, or prevacid and why?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Each has relative...: ...merits based on duration of action, side effects, tolerance, cost/insurance coverage. All are equally efficacious, so your question should be better phrased, "which is better for me?", and that we can't answer since we don't know your particular circumstances.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
None!: The plethorta of side effects of these drugs has only become evident. Nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis, chronic kidney issues, and acelerated heart disease. They should be short term. H2 blockers are a preferred treatment!
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Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle commented
General Surgery 32 years experience
Don't forget there are also non-medicine ways to treat GERD. Stretta is a low risk procedure done endoscopically, and there are a few surgical options with even better results, but obviously more invasive. See a general surgeon with experience with these to see if they're right for you. Hope this helps!
Oct 17, 2017
Last updated Feb 2, 2019


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